…to sweep the ones we can’t trust from the Republican Party of Castrati and from Congress.
When Republicans voted on the repeal-only bill in 2015, they knew Mr Obama would veto it, making their vote largely symbolic. Of the GOP senators currently in the chamber, 49 voted for it at the time. …
Moreover, many GOP lawmakers have already acknowledged that they would vote differently now that the stakes are far higher….
Now that these persons have to take action more concrete than virtue signaling, they’re exposing themselves as porch dogs. They’re betraying their country, and more specifically, they’re betraying their constituents, to whom they promised for the last seven years, they’d repeal Obamacare and replace it.
Both [Susan, R, ME] Collins and [Shelley Moore, R, WV] Capito said Tuesday they were unlikely to support the procedural vote for a repeal-only approach.
Senators even are too timid to face debate on the floor of the Senate on so simple a measure.
Capito is being especially disingenuous.
I did not come to Washington to hurt people. I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians.
Yet, that’s exactly what she’s doing by supporting Obamacare’s continued existence. That program not only is devastating the pocketbooks of Americans, including West Virginians, Americans across the country are losing their health coverage plans in droves as health plan providers abandon the market in counties after counties, even whole States. This is happening now, and it will be increasingly so as long as repeal is blocked by Senators like Capito, with or without a replacement program in hand. Capito knows this.
Serious reform takes courage. These worthies don’t have it; they’re quailing, even now, at a first step of repeal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) is suggesting he’ll call for a vote on a straight-up repeal, to take effect in two years, during which Congress could work out and pass a replacement program or set of programs.
McConnell should hold the vote, even knowing the porch dogs will vote against repeal and so defeat it (many of whom will vote even against open debate); will vote against their promise; will contradict their vote in 2015, cast as it was deep in the safety of an Obama veto. Put the porch dogs on record with their votes. Let them stand exposed and identified.
This is what primaries are for.